13 Days Omo Valley Tribes


Tour code: VET 005
Program Cultural Rout ; OMO VALLEY TRIBES
Tour Duration: 13 DAYS /12 NIGHTS
Transportation: Surface


Product Description

Day 01:Addis Ababa

City tour of Addis Ababa Founded in the late 1880s by Emperor Menelik II todays has many things to show our visit  including the,  trinity cathedral, National Museum, Drive on slopes of Mount Entoto panoramic view point to admire a beautiful panoramic view of the city (over 3000 meter above sea level), and the largest market in Africa called Merkato. Overnight Addis Ababa

Day 02:Langano

Leave Addis in Luxury Microbus, traveling via the rift valley lakes of Shala, Abyata and Langano, admiring wonderful views, many birds, pelicans, flamingos, hot springs and more. Available activities here are trekking, bird watching, horse riding, boat excursions, cycling, team-building activities, and mini-soccer and beach volley ball. Overnight Langano

Day 03:Arba Minch

Early start for a scenic Drive to Arba Minch which means “forty springs” in Amharic) on the way admiring the Wolayta people and their villages admiring spectacular green hills on the way, climbing Chencha, the mountainous villages of the Dorze people. Visit the Dorze people, renowned for cotton weavers whose tall beehive-shaped dwelling are among the most distinctive traditional structures to be seen anywhere in Africa. The unique Dorze houses also make Chencha worth a visit. These remarkable extended domes measure up to 6m tall and are constructed entirely from organic material Villages of the Dorze people. Overnight Arbaminch

Day 04: Arbaminch

Morning we enter the Nechsar National park; which is an ideal homeland especially for the endemic Swayne’s hartebeest and Burchels zebra and other more mammals, birds and plant life. Nicely situated at the adjacent lands of Abaya and Chamo lakes, the landscape is quite scenic. After rest at 2:00pm you will drive to Lake Chamo for a boat ride, which will take you an hour and half on the lake. You will see the biggest crocodiles in Africa, huge hippopotamus and offshore birds as Pelicans, storks, ibis etc..  Overnight Arbaminch

Day 05: Jinka

Early morning drive to Jinka on the way visit the Tsemay, Bena and Ari tribes. They are pleasant and differ on their hairstyles and way of dressing. After having lunch Proceed to Jinka with shortstop for the peoples of Tsemay, Bena and Ari tribes, if the day is Thursday, you will be seeing the fabulous and fascinating market at keyafer. Continue to Jinka for Overnight.
Overnight Jinka

Day 06: Jinka

After comforting cup of hot coffee at sunrise Enter Mago National Park to visit the Mursi people and their villages. Here beauty women insert round clay plates in their lips. The men practice scarification on their face based on the number of enemies or wild animals they have killed in battle. Then drive back to Mago National Park, is closest thing in Ethiopia to the renowned Savannah reserves of east Africa. It is dominated by dense acacia woodland, which is interspersed with small areas of open Savannah, the pristine riparian forest that lays the Mago River and the extensive Neri swamp
Overnight Jinka

Day 07: Turmi

You sip your early morning coffee as you leave on your early morning game drive to Turmi, and if it is Saturday you can see the colorful Hamer, Karo and Dassanech people at the market in Dimeka. Proceed to the Hamer villages and Overnight tented bungalows at Lodge before the sunset where we’ll freshen up in our en suit Bungalows.
Overnight in Turmi

Day 08:Turmi

Drive to Murulle to visit the Karo people, with their interesting body decorations and scarification all over the body; besides admire the view of the Omo River from Kortcho village. Then drive on to Kangate and cross the Omo River by small boat to admire the Bume people and their villages.
Overnight in Turmi

Day 9: Turmi

Morning excursion to Omorate, on the banks of the Omo River, to visit the Dassanech people. Then back to Turmi for the colorful Monday market of the Hamer, Karo and Dassanech people. Witness Hamer dances (Evangadi) and seasonal marriage ceremonies with bull-jumping. Hamar people called “Evangadi “exercised in the late afternoon around six, this can be with the interest of the clients so that your guide can arrange everything including negotiating the fare (amount of Money they charge). Moreover if you are very lucky you will see how the Hamar conduct “the Bull jumping” program held in order to confirm the youth are old enough to propose their future wife.
Overnight in Turmi

Day 10: Konso

Depart from Turmi to Konso, via Erbore in the Weyto valley. Friday is market day in Erbore, so if passing on this day, the market will be visited. Market days in Konso are Mondays and Thursdays. The Konso people are known for their totems erected in honor of the dead and their intricate agricultural terracing techniques.  Overnight in Konso .

Day 11:Yabello

In the morning, visit a local Konso village and the “natural New York village”, which gets its name from the tall sand formations that resemble skyscrapers. After the visit, proceed driving to Yabello for overnight.

Day 12:Awasa         

After breakfast, continue south from Yabello to the local Borena village of Dublock to visit the singing wells where the locals form chanting chains of people to remove buckets of water from the long channeled openings of the wells. Afterwards, continue to El Sod, a crater lake where salt is mined from the lake for sale and use throughout Ethiopia. After the visit, proceed driving to Awassa, overnight at Awassa.
Day 13: Addis Ababa

Early the morning visit Lake Awasa which teems with fish and attracting water birds. See the fish markets on the shoreline, and walk part of the board-walk beside the wetlands viewing some of the birds then Drive back to Addis Ababa via Butajera on the way visit Tiya classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage site in Ethiopia. Here you will see the erected obelisk supposed grave yard area and , Adadi Mariam (a rock-hewn church) is located which is a very true example of the rock-hewn church – in fact local tradition ascribes it to King Lalibela who is said to have had it built on his visit to Mount Zuqwala in 1106 keep on driving to Addis.


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